Ai-Ai de las Alas

Martina Eileen Hernandez delas Alas-Sibayan (born November 11, 1964), professionally known as Ai-Ai delas Alas, is a Filipino film and television actress managed by the King of Talk Boy Abunda. Delas Alas first gained nationwide recognition for her film Ang Tanging Ina (2003), which became a blockbuster hit. On account of the film’s popularity, a television series spin-off was produced, as well as three sequels: Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat (2008), Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To!) (2010) and Enteng ng Ina Mo (2011), with delas Alas reprising her role. Her latest film is Our Mighty Yaya, which premiered on May 10, 2017 through Regal Entertainment.

Delas Alas is the daughter of Rosendo delas Alas (1920-2008) and Gregoria delas Alas née Hernández (died 30 December 2013), and was later adopted by her older, unmarried aunt, Justa delas Alas. She earned a mass communication degree from Far Eastern University (FEU) in 1985.

She was married to actor Miguel Vera, with whom she had two children; she also has a son from a previous relationship. Before acting, she worked as a sales assistant in a department store, and also performed as a stand-up comic in comedy bars around Metro Manila. On April 3, 2013, she married Jed Salang, at the time a 28-year-old unemployed man who was 20 years her junior. The marriage ended after a month, with delas Alas confirming their separation on May 19, 2013. Delas Alas confirmed through Instagram her engagement to Gerald Sibayan in April 2017; the two married in November 2017.

Ai-Ai delas Alas started her career on GMA Network back in 1991, as a host of Saturday late-night musical variety show RSVP, with Dawn Zulueta and Ariel Urieta. Delas Alas co-hosted GMA noontime shows Lunch Date (1991-1993), SST: Salo-Salo Together (1993-1995) and Eat Bulaga! (2000). She was a member of the cast of GMA sitcoms Ibang Klase with Joey De Leon, Jessa Zaragosa, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Aiza Seguerra in 1997-1998, and 1 For 3 with Vic Sotto and Rosanna Roces between 1999 and 2001.

Delas Alas has acted in several movies, including blockbuster hit Ang Tanging Ina produced by Star Cinema. It was followed by more comedy films like Volta where she played a superhero, which spun off into a television series. In the noon-time television show MTB: Ang Saya Saya she was one of the lead hosts. In prime-time teleseries, she played an important role in the TV remake of Bituing Walang Ningning as Dorina’s mother. She has also acted in the films Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo, Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat and Pasukob.

She also released her first album on Star Records, entitled Ang Tanging Ina Nyo; this featured six novelty tunes. During the November 9 episode of ASAP 19, she premiered her song “Nandito Lang Ako”, and revealed that she would be going under the stage name of ADA.

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